Panthers re-hire Marty Hurney as interim GM, 5 years after firing him

Marty Hurney spent 11 years as general manager of the Carolina Panthers and now he’s back for another go at least, for now.

He was fired after a 1-5 start to the 2012 season, but was the general manager responsible for drafting many of the team’s current core players, including Cam Newton, Luke Kuechly, and Greg Olsen.

Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last July that Bryant lied to him and that the team felt let down by the young wideout when the league handed Bryant a year-long ban in 2016.

I just think the approach, the denial of everything. Looking me in my eye and denying everything, it’s tough. It disappoints you as a man and a guy who cared so much about him. I obviously care a lot about him as a person and a football player, Roethlisberger said last summer.

The NFL conditionally reinstated Bryant in April. He said he’s been clean for more than a year and doesn’t see anything getting in the way of his 2017 return. Bryant said he’s been training harder than he ever has in the offseason. On the other hand, he believes he needs to sit down with Roethlisberger before the season begins. Bryant noted that he and his quarterback haven’t had a sit-down yet.

Earlier this summer, Roethlisberger said Bryant had to win back everybody’s trust and hoped Bryant would chat with him. When asked how Bryant expected the talks to go, he said it doesn’t matter.

Man-to-man talk. You put it out there, man-to-man, explain to me what you mean. With that conversation out of the way, Bryant and Roethlisberger can put this behind them and focus on 2017.

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